The ancestors of the Petersome family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. The name Petersome is derived from the personal name
Peter. Petersome is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. This particular surname was taken from the popular religious given name, Peter a shortened form of St. Peter. Other patronymic names were derived from the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while still others came from the names of secular heroes.
Early Origins of the Petersome family
The surname Petersome was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Petersome family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petersome research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1377, 1378, 1411 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Petersome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petersome Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Petersome has been spelled Peterson, Petersone, Petterson, Piterson and others.
Early Notables of the Petersome family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Gerlac Peterssen (Petersen, Peterson, Gerlacus Petri) (1377 or 1378-1411), a Dutch mystic, entered the Institution of the Brethren... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petersome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petersome family to Ireland
Some of the Petersome family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petersome family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Petersome: Cornelius Peterson who settled in Maryland in 1674; Evor Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653; Henry Peterson settled in Virginia in 1622; Neale Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653.
The Petersome Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nihil sine Deo
Motto Translation: Nothing without God.